Art From the Streets

AFTS provides a safe and encouraging environment for persons experiencing homelessness and who are at risk.

These artistic endeavors form a pathway to self determination, social connections and income generated through the pursuit of their art.

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 01/08/2024

Exciting news! Our very own Rick Cross, Lead Volunteer, just snagged the title of "Good Volunteer Legend of 2023!"

This recognition comes with a chance for AFTS to win $10,000 through RecognizeGood's 2024 Campaign.

But we need YOUR help to win the $10,000 prize!

VOTE EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY... meaning one person can vote each of these ways, each day, NOW through January 31st!


VOTE button on Rick's “Vote Say Thanks, Austin” page:


CROSS to (512) 456-9244


CROSS to the page at RecognizeGood


CROSS to the Instagram page RecognizeGood


CROSS, tag RecognizeGood, and add the hashtag


CROSS in the subject line to [email protected]


- Print the "Say Thanks" form (
- Collect written signatures
- Submit a picture of the form to [email protected] by 5:00PM CST on January, 31st, 2024


Thanks to Rick (and ALL of you!) for your time, talent, and treasure. Because of you, our artists have a place to call home!

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 01/01/2024

Together, we created CHANGE in 2023!

Through your support, our community celebrated many FIRSTS in 2023 including...

• Huge Growth: Welcomed 36 new artists, increased participation by 62%, and disbursed over $100,000 in artist proceeds.

• Art Therapy Program: Initiated an 8-week pilot art therapy program where artists found that art is not just a hobby—it's a tool for emotional regulation and mindfulness.

• Artists Liaisons: Volunteer artists advocated for their peers in staff meetings and public events, ensuring artists' voices were heard.

• Collaborative Art Shows: Our expanded studio drew over 10,000 attendees in 2023, fostering community engagement.

• Mural Project: Partnering with local muralists, we adorned Integral Care St. John's Clinic with murals, fostering the development of team-building skills among our artists.

• Workshops: Collaborated with renowned artists locally and globally, expanding our artists' skill sets.

Will you help us CREATE MORE FIRSTS in 2024?

Your gifts enable Art From the Streets to provide a safe and encouraging environment for talented artists experiencing homelessness to create a pathway to self-determination.

Please donate today:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/31/2023

Looking back on all the awesome stuff we accomplished with YOUR help in 2023, we wanted to give you the lowdown on the workshops we could put together for our artists.

We teamed up with some seriously talented locally, nationally, and globally known artists to host workshops in several artistic disciplines.

Check out who dropped by:

• Jodie King Art: Abstract painting

• Dianne Sonnenberg Mosaics: Mosaics

• Eli Durst: Pinhole camera photography

• Laurie Carswell Studio: Paper collage

Your continued support allows us to nurture artistic talent further.

Join us in 2024 as we work to expand our programs and offer more artist-led workshops!

Help us do MORE in 2024 by donating to our End of Year campaign:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/27/2023

This year, AFTS artists collaborated with local muralists — J Muzacz, Luis Angulo, Candy Yu Yen Kuo, Fabian Rey, and Wade Thompson — to craft a unique mural for each of the five floors at Integral Care's newly established St. John’s Clinic.

plays a pivotal role in catering to the needs of individuals facing mental illness, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in .

Our team of artists carefully curated themes for each mural, taking into account the specific functions associated with each floor, such as pediatrics and mental health/counseling.

Your support is crucial in bolstering our programs and enabling us to embark on more impactful community projects in 2024:


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday weekend filled with joy and love!

As we celebrate, we want to extend our thoughts to those without family nearby or to those who are facing challenging times.

You're not alone—our love is with you!

Artwork By: Cathy Haynes, AFTS Artist

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/21/2023

Since acquiring our own studio space and offering more gallery shows, AFTS has increased public interaction from 1,900 to over 10,000 show attendees each year!

Gallery shows at Canopy highlighted several collaborations with local artists and arts organizations, including:

• Our “All for Art” show featured artists from AFTS, SAGE Studio, Imagine Art, Hospitality House SF, and Mobile Loaves & Fishes Art House.

• While our neighbors at Ivester Contemporary featured works by photographer Eli Durst, AFTS featured works created in its workshop led by Eli Durst himself.

Help us continue to provide a place where artists can feel safe to create and showcase their works to thousands of guests in 2024!

Help us create MORE in 2024:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/19/2023

A nonprofit thrives on its dedicated volunteers! Join our team by registering to volunteer with AFTS in 2024:

Your passion and commitment make a difference.

Volunteering with AFTS is a fantastic opportunity to connect with our community and see the impact of your support firsthand.

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/15/2023

This past summer, with your help, we launched an 8-week pilot ART THERAPY program.

Attending the art therapy sessions has shown our artists that creating can be more than just a hobby or a way to generate income — they can also use art to regulate their emotions through this mindful practice.

Help us DOUBLE our impact with more art therapy sessions in 2024:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/12/2023

Today is the last day to snag your AFTS holiday goodies to ensure they arrive in time for Christmas!

Our Holiday Collection is packed with gifts that'll make your loved ones do the happy dance. Plus, they're gifts that also give back—talk about a win-win!

Jump into the festive fun and shop our collection:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/12/2023

As we wrap up 2023, we want to celebrate the CHANGE you've helped us achieve.

This summer, we brought on board our first Artist Liaisons — artists who volunteer to be the voice of AFTS artists at team meetings and public-facing events.

Meet Synethia Kelly, one of our rockstar Artist Liaisons.

For the past year, she's been building community in and outside the studio, sharing ideas in team meetings, and encouraging other artists to promote their work.

Help us support voices like Synethia's, build community, encourage leadership, and change lives in 2024.

Donate to our End of Year Campaign:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/08/2023

Excited to share these awesome items featuring the artwork of our talented artists, just in time for the 2023 holiday season.

Check out our Holiday Gift Collection filled with perfect gifts for the special folks in your life. Gifts that also give back, what more could you ask for!

Shop our collection:


We’ve partnered with Art From the Streets, which seeks to provide a safe and encouraging environment in which the positive spirit and creativity for those experiencing homelessness are nurtured through their own artistic expression. Make sure to check out some amazing artwork for sale in the Café in the Community Center! 🎨

You can learn more about AFTS’ wonderful mission at

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 12/05/2023

We created change in 2023.

Help us create MORE in 2024.

Because of your faithful support we...

• Launched an 8-week pilot Art Therapy program

• Collaborated with locally, nationally, and internationally renowned artists to host workshops in several artistic disciplines

• Increased public interaction from 1,900 to over 10,000 show attendees each year

• Inducted its first Artist Liaisons to the team

• Collaborated with local muralists to create one mural for each of the five floors at the new Integral Care St. John’s Clinic

Will you continue to help us lift artists from the streets of Austin into a place of creative community?

Help us do more in 2024 by donating to our End of Year Campaign:

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 11/30/2023

We're excited to announce that our artists have made their selections for our Final Show of 2023!

Each participating artist has chosen 10 pieces to display from their collection and they can't wait for you to see them!

Be reminded this is our LAST art sale of the year. Your last chance to snag a piece and support our artists.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!


Deck your halls with strokes of brilliance!

This weekend is your final shot at snagging some AFTS art before the year wraps up.

Join us for the grand finale of 2023 - your last chance to turn "I should've bought that" into "I'm so glad I did!"

Swing by our studio this weekend at Canopy from 1-4 PM, and make it a double delight by exploring other artists' studios during .

'Tis the season of giving, after all!


Gratitude Overflowing! This , we're giving thanks for YOU:

🙏 Supporters: Your belief fuels our mission.
🤝 Volunteers: Your dedication is our strength.
💖 Donors: Your generosity powers our impact.
🎨 Artists: Your creativity breathes life into our community.

Thank you for being the heart of our mission. Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of joy!


Hey art lovers and holiday shoppers! 🎨✨

Join us for the grand finale of Big Medium's 30th this weekend.

Come hang with us and explore the local art scene at Canopy – it's like a treasure hunt for unique holiday gifts!

Our studio is packed with amazing pieces, all up for grabs!

📍 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #105
🗓️ NOV 18th, & 19th
🕛 12PM - 6PM


We're overjoyed to partner with Fine Art Services this season to offer quality framing for your AFTS pieces!

Explore the beautifully framed AFTS art at our studio during Big Medium's 30th ! Or claim 25% off all custom framing from Fine Art Services when you purchase an AFTS piece!

• 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #105
• NOV 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th
• 12PM - 6PM
• Exhibitor #348

And remember, when you buy art from AFTS, 95% of your purchase directly supports the talented artists behind the pieces!

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 11/09/2023

We're excited to participate in Big Medium's 30th this upcoming and the following weekend.

• 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #105
• NOV 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th
• 12PM - 6PM
• Exhibitor #348

The Austin Studio Tour is a vibrant celebration of local artists, offering a unique opportunity for the public to explore fresh and innovative artistic expressions from our city's creative minds.

Visit our studio to admire the incredible works by our artists, all of which are available for purchase.

And remember, when you buy art from AFTS, 95% of your purchase directly supports the talented artists behind the pieces!

Pictured: Travis Crawford, AFTS Artist
Photo By: John Dougherty


While our 31st Annual Show & Sale may have concluded, we wanted to take a moment to express our deep appreciation for the overwhelming support we have received.

Our biggest event of the year owes its success to the unwavering commitment of our community partners, sponsors, volunteers, board members, and supporters.

Your contributions have been the cornerstone of our achievements, and for that, we extend our sincerest thanks.


Nova Color Paint
Ballotin Whiskey
Tito's Handmade Vodka
WaFd Bank
Whole Foods Market
Madco Commercial Real Estate
Expedia Group
Greenbelt Botanicals
Proof Advertising
Right Sized Inventory
Rash Chapman Attorney at Law
Ivester Contemporary
Giant Noise
Hat Creek Burger Company
West Chelsea Contemporary
Jerry's Artarama
Breathing Color
Eye See You Now, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
The Bug Master
Jodie King Art
Fine Art Services

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 11/02/2023

Missed our Annual Show & Sale? Don't fret!

Join us this weekend at the 21st Annual Travis Heights Art Trail for another chance to show some love to our talented artists.

• November 4-5th
• 11AM - 5PM
• 300 E Monroe

This event is a delightful stroll through the vibrant South Austin neighborhood, promising an art-filled extravaganza.

Come support the arts, snag some incredible pieces, and finish your holiday shopping early!

Plus, with 95% of your purchase going directly to the artists, it's a win-win for everyone!

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 10/27/2023

We transformed lives this past weekend!

At our 31st Annual Show & Sale, we showcased the remarkable impact of art in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness.

With over 1,800 art pieces crafted by Austin's unhoused, we drew over 1,000 visitors who shared in this inspiring journey.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to our dedicated volunteers, invaluable community partners, generous sponsors, the hardworking AFTS team, talented artists, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, and all our supporters!

Your contributions made this event a resounding success, and we're deeply grateful.

Together, we're making a difference through art and dignity.

Photos by: Stacey Collins and Kenny Trice



A painting is really so much more than just a painting, especially for our artists.

Find your next muse THIS Saturday and Sunday at our 31st Annual Show & Sale!

Each purchase not only provides Austin’s unhoused with 95% of the sale, but it gives them a sense of validation that is vital to their humanity.

• 1,500+ affordable art pieces
• 40+ artists in attendance
• Free to the public
• 11AM - 5PM
• Blue Genie Art Bazaar

For more event details:

AFTS Artists: Caner Dogan, Julian Clay, John Bossert, and Layle Murray


A big thank you goes out to UniqueAnd for all their help advertising this event as well as putting this fantastic video together!

Art From the Streets celebrates 31 years of empowering homeless artists at annual Austin show and sale 10/20/2023

Art From the Streets celebrates 31 years of empowering homeless artists at annual Austin show and sale Art From the Streets (AFTS) is thrilled to announce its 31st Annual Show & Sale, a celebration of art, creativity, and community.

Photos from Art From the Streets's post 10/19/2023

It's OFFICIAL, October 21st & 22nd have been proclaimed as Art From the Streets Days in the City of Austin and Travis County!

On Monday, Council Member José "Chito" Vela from District 4 honored our team with the City of Austin Proclamation, and on Tuesday, Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea from Precinct 2 presented us with the Travis County Proclamation. We are incredibly grateful for the support and can't thank you enough!

These official proclamations are vital to boosting public awareness, expanding our reach, and advocating for our mission's growth — allowing us to create change!

Lastly, another big thank you goes to Matt Curtis at Smart City Policy Group for his steadfast support of AFTS and for spearheading these initiatives!

Help us celebrate by attending our 31st Annual Show & Sale this weekend:

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